How can I set up a Server 2008 R2 backup of an Exchange 2010 Hyper-V guest machine to an external USB hard drive?

How can I set up a Server 2008 R2 backup of an Exchange 2010 Hyper-V guest machine to an external USB hard drive?

Please provide me with the exact steps.

The external USB hard drive is plugged into the Server 2008 R2 base machine. It has been assigned the drive letter W.

Since USB hard drives aren't recognized by Hyper-V guest operating systems, I have shared this external USB hard drive and have mapped a drive letter within the Hyper-V guest operating system to this external USB hard drive.

I have given the domain administrator account, the domain administrators group, and the Backup operators group full share and security rights to this external USB hard drive.

However, when the Server 2008 R2 backup of the Server 2008 R2 Exchange server runs, it always fails.

What do I need to do to fix this issue? Please provide the exact steps.

The only option that I have for the backup destination is to use an external USB hard drive. I don’t have any other options except for this.

I realize that I might need to take a completely different approach to getting this Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Exchange guest operating system backed up. Please let me know what other methods I might be able to take to complete this backup. This backup needs to run every night so that the Exchange databases and files are backed up and to clear the Exchange Log files.

Please let me know if any further information is needed.
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Auric1983Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Are you trying to backup the actual VHD of the guest?  If you want to do that you will need to shutdown the server.  This is not a recomended method for recovery though.  

You should look into using an exchange aware agent (NT backup 2008 R2 is Exchange 2010 aware) and protecting this guest just like you would a physical mail server.

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IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Auric1983,

How exactly woule I "use an exchange aware agent (NT backup 2008 R2 is Exchange 2010 aware) and protecting this guest just like you would a physical mail server. "

Can you please provide me with the exact steps?
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Auric1983Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Please see the following technet article on using Windows Backup with Exchange 2010 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd876851.aspx

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